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  1. Knee Arthritis: Very Low-Calorie Diet May Help

    Dec. 21, 2011 -- Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, and although weight loss is often recommended to reduce painful pressure on joints, not all patients succeed in shedding extra pounds. Osteoarthritis -- sometimes called "wear and tear" arthritis -- is frequently related to age

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  2. Study: Bone Drugs May Increase Longevity of Replaced Joints

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- New research may help hip and knee replacements last longer in patients who take commonly prescribed bone-loss drugs. Joint replacement surgeries help millions live with less pain, but many people who have them eventually need repeat procedures when the implants loosen over time. Now

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  3. Artificial Hips: Newer Might Not Be Better

    Nov. 29, 2011 -- Traditional hip implants might be safer and last longer than some new ones, an FDA-funded study finds. It’s among the first studies to compare outcomes in people who got different kinds of artificial hip implants with different materials. When researchers evaluated total hip-replace

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  4. Exercise May Improve Memory in Fibromyalgia Patients

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Exercise improved pain and memory in women with fibromyalgia, even without medication, suggests a new study. Researchers found that regular aerobic exercise decreased activity in memory and pain control areas of the brain. "The decreased brain activity ... suggests that the brain is

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  5. Women Under 50 With RA at Higher Fracture Risk

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- Women under 50 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more than twice as likely to break a bone as those without the condition, a large study shows. While it’s known that rheumatoid arthritis is associated with a higher rate of fractures in older men and women, "there is an in

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  6. Pill for Rheumatoid Arthritis Works as Well as Shot

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- An experimental pill called tofacitinib appears to reduce the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis just as well as Humira injections, researchers say. Biologic drugs have markedly improved RA treatment in recent years. But one of their main disadvantages is that they

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  7. High Uric Acid Linked to Both Gout and Diabetes

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- People with gout should make sure their uric acid levels are under control -- even if they're not experiencing symptoms of the painful arthritic disorder. "Many people are walking around with uncontrolled uric acid levels and we used to not worry about it -- if they're not

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  8. Most Sports Don't Raise Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis

    Nov. 7, 2011 (Chicago) -- While most sports don't seem to raise the risk of knee arthritis, some sports do seem to be particularly hard on the knees. Overall, athletes don't have a greater risk for knee osteoarthritis, says researcher Jeffrey Driban, PhD, assistant professor of rheumatology at Tufts

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  9. Vitamin D Shows Early Promise Against Lupus

    Nov. 8, 2011 (Chicago) -- In the first study of its kind, high doses of vitamin D were safe and appeared to temper some of the destructive immune system responses believed to cause lupus. The small, preliminary study did not look at whether skin rashes, fatigue, fever, and other symptoms of lupus ac

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  10. Wrong Shoes Make Gout Pain Worse

    Oct. 3, 2011 -- Sandals may look comfortable, but they can actually worsen the pain of people with gout. Researchers in New Zealand say people with gout commonly wear the wrong type of shoes, leading to increased pain, impairment, and disability. A group of scientists led by Keith Rome, PhD, of the

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